Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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Port Douglas stargazing tour captures imaginations

Port Douglas has always been famous for its clear dark skies brightened by the infinite glow of the stars. But visitors have never been treated to a guided astronomy tour using military grade lasers while floating on the waters of the Coral Sea. That is until now. Pioneering Port Douglas businessman John Morris has teamed […]

Ghassan Aboud Receives Hospitality Investor Award

Australian Hotel Group Entrepreneur Awarded ‘Leading Hospitality Investor’ The sole investor behind Australian hospitality group Crystalbrook Collection, Mr Ghassan Aboud, has been awarded ‘Leading Hospitality Investor’ at the 2018 Leaders in Hospitality Awards held in Dubai earlier this week. The annual event is hosted by Hotel News Middle East and recognizes leading regional and international […]

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Everyone’s favourite seafood event returns to marina

A STAPLE of the Port Douglas Carnivale will return to the marina this year. The Seafood Extravaganza will be held at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina on Sunday, May 27 and the old favourite is set to team up with Hemingway’s Brewery, who will have a specially crafted beer for the occasion. The craft beer will […]

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Marina redevelopment still expected to go ahead despite delays

DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Julia Leu says she’s ‘extremely confident’ the $200 million marina redevelopment will go ahead despite the developer pulling its application. The decision by Crystalbrook Collection to rethink plans was an opportunity to ‘revisit and refine’ the development, according to Cr Leu. She confirmed her Council had a number of concerns with the […]

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Great Barrier Reef shines in collaboration focus at Australian Superyacht Rendezvous

Delivering a unified Great Barrier Reef destination message is the key focus of four collaborating superyacht marinas at this year’s Australian Superyacht Rendezvous. Taking a collective marketing approach to target international superyachts, Abell Point Marina, Cairns Marlin Marina, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and Hamilton Island Marina are working together to promote one simple message – the […]

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Crystalbrook Collection buys Port Douglas Marina

DEVELOPMENT company Crystalbrook Collection has purchased The Reef Marina. The Port Douglas marina will now be known as the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and becomes billionaire developer Ghassan Aboud’s fourth major investment in Far North Queensland. His tourism and hospitality group will now pour at least another $100 million into the precinct to build a 100-room […]